A 36-year-old woman was rescued from the top of the Magaliesberg mountain in Hartbeespoort during a seven hour rescue operation after she fell and broke her ankle on Saturday afternoon.
The woman and a friend were hiking in the mountain in the Skeerpoort/Hekpoort area when she slipped and fractured her right ankle around 14:00.
Netcare 911, the Mountain Club of South Africa, Off Road Rescue Unit, Mogale Fire and Rescue Services and The Oostermoed Protection Services responded to the call for help and hiked up to the top of the mountain where the woman was injured.
“When the rescue teams arrived on the scene, they found the patient in severe pain, and suffering from hypothermia due to the weather,” Netcare 911 spokesperson, Shawn Herbst said.
Due to the nature of the terrain and safety considerations, as well as the rain, the assistance of the South African Air Force was requested. The patient was stabilised on the scene while a 17 Squadron Oryx helicopter made its way to the extraction point. The helicopter reached the scene at 21:00.
“The injured lady was hoisted into the helicopter and transported under the care of an advanced life support paramedic to the Millpark hospital for further care.”